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Old 10-28-2013, 02:40 PM
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Is the STW right for me?

Dreaming of a new rifle for next year. Not sure on the caliber, considering an STW for elk up to 500'ish. I'd like something light enough for a possible back-country hunt and after many hunts with my heavy varmint 22-250 I don't want another heavy target rifle.
I love prairie dog shooting and would like to use whatever I get along with my 22-250 for this. But do the STW's burn up barrels fast?
I'm liking the STW because there is factory ammo available if need be and the thing seems to be a laser!
Seems like the 300 RUM is very popular here in Montana but I'm a deer hunter first and only hunt elk because that EHD took out my deer herd. So I'd hate to shoot a deer with a RUM.
As far as rifles go who's chambering a decent priced STW? I could probably save $2500 for the whole scope rifle package. Probably spend a grandish on the rifle then $1500 on the scope.
How are Christensen rifles? Any suggestions on a good rifle in STW for around a grand? Can I buy a use 7mm Rem Mag and just have it rechambered? How much would that cost?
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:41 PM
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Re: Is the STW right for me?

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Dreaming of a new rifle for next year. Not sure on the caliber, considering an STW for elk up to 500'ish. I'd like something light enough for a possible back-country hunt and after many hunts with my heavy varmint 22-250 I don't want another heavy target rifle.
I love prairie dog shooting and would like to use whatever I get along with my 22-250 for this. But do the STW's burn up barrels fast?
I'm liking the STW because there is factory ammo available if need be and the thing seems to be a laser!
Seems like the 300 RUM is very popular here in Montana but I'm a deer hunter first and only hunt elk because that EHD took out my deer herd. So I'd hate to shoot a deer with a RUM.
As far as rifles go who's chambering a decent priced STW? I could probably save $2500 for the whole scope rifle package. Probably spend a grandish on the rifle then $1500 on the scope.
How are Christensen rifles? Any suggestions on a good rifle in STW for around a grand? Can I buy a use 7mm Rem Mag and just have it rechambered? How much would that cost?
$1,500 for the rifle itself leaves you the custom route! I'd go buy a cheap Wally-World, Dick's, or Academy SPS in a magnum caliber for around $450.

Then buy a B&C Medalist stock in your choice of color.

I'd send it all down to Southern Precision Rifles and have them true the action and bolt, and put this Bartlein Barrel on it, chambered in 7mm STW.

Then you'll probably be up to about $1,500 for your gun. Then I'd go with an EGW HD picatinny base, Vortex 30mm Low rings, and a Vortex Viper HS LR 6-24x50 with the XLR reticle.

That setup should be right at $2,500, and should be a hell of a shooter.


You can buy a used 7mm RM and have it rechambered, or Remington also produces the 700 SPS factory chambered in 7mm STW with a 26" sporter barrel. But there's no guarantees on how well it will shoot, either.
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Old 10-28-2013, 04:07 PM
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Re: Is the STW right for me?

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$1,500 for the rifle itself leaves you the custom route! I'd go buy a cheap Wally-World, Dick's, or Academy SPS in a magnum caliber for around $450.

Then buy a B&C Medalist stock in your choice of color.

I'd send it all down to Southern Precision Rifles and have them true the action and bolt, and put this Bartlein Barrel on it, chambered in 7mm STW.

Then you'll probably be up to about $1,500 for your gun. Then I'd go with an EGW HD picatinny base, Vortex 30mm Low rings, and a Vortex Viper HS LR 6-24x50 with the XLR reticle.

That setup should be right at $2,500, and should be a hell of a shooter.


You can buy a used 7mm RM and have it rechambered, or Remington also produces the 700 SPS factory chambered in 7mm STW with a 26" sporter barrel. But there's no guarantees on how well it will shoot, either.
I'm seeing the SPS rifles new online. I know my other two Remingtons are amazing. But yes I'm not sure on an SPS. Also seen a couple older Winchesters on Armslist.
I'd like to go cheaper, but a couple grand budget leaves a lot of wiggle room.
Could I just buy a Cooper?
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:08 PM
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Re: Is the STW right for me?

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I'm seeing the SPS rifles new online. I know my other two Remingtons are amazing. But yes I'm not sure on an SPS. Also seen a couple older Winchesters on Armslist.
I'd like to go cheaper, but a couple grand budget leaves a lot of wiggle room.
Could I just buy a Cooper?
I would shy away from Cooper, personally. Just my thoughts. Also, not a fan of Winchester rifles, unless it's an old lever action...

Keep in mind that I have seen several SPS's with factory 26" sporter barrels and handloads shooting MOA groups @ 100 yards. One of which belongs to my shooting buddy, who also happens to be a member on here....InvisibleSoul85. His has a .300 WinMag. The only things we've done to his rifle other than paint it, and handload for it, is we free-floated the barrel, and he pillar bedded the stock. Everything else is untouched and all factory.

Personally, If you have the money, I would go the SPS route, then send it down to SPR to have that Bartlein barrel put on, and the action all trued up, and stick all in a B&C stock. Then you spend $1,200-1,500 on a rifle that you KNOW is a shooter, and you don't spend $800 buying different brands of ammo trying to figure out what it likes... Then again, you could luck-up and get onet that shoots lights-out with your first choice in ammo... You just never know.
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Old 10-28-2013, 11:00 PM
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Re: Is the STW right for me?

The STW will handle your needs with plenty of power left over. Once you get it and get it broken in, clean the snot out of it and have it melonited. That will extend your barrel life by about 1/3.

Barrel life is not a huge consideration anyhow unless you plan to just shoot the hound out of it.

Stick to this rule. No more than 3 shots in any five minute period and no more than two shots without at least a five minute cool down period and it will last you forever.

Save the 22-250 for shooting PD's unless you want to shoot them beyond 600yds.

The most economical route is to cruise the LRH classifieds, Sniper's Hide, and Gun Broker.

There was an awfully nice model 70 Laredo that sold for just under 1000.00 last week. If I didn't have all of my disposable income already committed for the rest of the year that sucker would have sold to me for up to 500.00 more.

One of the most economical ways to go is to find a used Sendero in 7mm Rem and have it trued up and rechambered for 7mm STW. That should give you a sub MOA rifle for around 1500.00.
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Old 10-31-2013, 04:32 PM
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Re: Is the STW right for me?

Perfect!
I've actually got a great German gunsmith just down the road (within 100 miles by montana terms).

I'll just keep an eye out of a used SPS in 7mm Rem Mag and have him rechamber and barrel it.

I'd like to go under budget on the rifle because I know how important quality glass is.

How are the Browning A Bolts?

168 grainers the way to go for long range?
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Re: Is the STW right for me?

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Perfect!
I've actually got a great German gunsmith just down the road (within 100 miles by montana terms).

I'll just keep an eye out of a used SPS in 7mm Rem Mag and have him rechamber and barrel it.

I'd like to go under budget on the rifle because I know how important quality glass is.

How are the Browning A Bolts?

168 grainers the way to go for long range?
While he's in there and got them apart, you might as well have him true the action and barrel shoulder, and install a nice stainless PTG or Holland .186" recoil lug, because the factory ones kinda suck. I'd also get a B&C Medalist stock. Then you can be in it for cheap for now, and then put on a nice aftermarket barrel, like a Bartlein, Rock Creek, Douglas, Hart, or something like that.

With a little truing you can make a stock SPS shoot mighty fine with handloads.

If you have a 1:9 twist factory barrel the 180gr Bergers will be perfect for long range.

The 168 VLD's will be nice if you have a 9.5 twist, but it still may possibly like the 180's, you'll just have to try them and find out. It's all a game of trial & error. For example, my older Sendero has a 9.25 twist, and I've found loads that it loves the 180's and some that it doesn't like them at all. And some that shoot great during cooler weather, and some that shoot great during summertime. Then, I've got some old "stand-by" loads that will shoot great year round.
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"Give me a minute...I'm good. Give me an hour...I'm great. Give me 6 months...And I'm unbeatable." - Col. Hannibal Smith

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